Saturday, March 26, 2011

Jones Natural - Recall of Pig Ears

Consumer Affairs Website annouced this recall this past week. Hopefully no pets were harmed.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

25 Tips and Tricks to Help Your Pets Slim down

25 Tips To Help Your Pets Trim Down
Check out the post above for some tips towards a healthier pet.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

CT Man Gets Prison Time for Animal Neglect

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A man accused of years of animal neglect has been sentenced to serve 2½ years in prison.

Paul Novicki told Superior Court Judge Roland Fasano that he never intentionally hurt an animal. And Fasano said he took into account a traumatic brain injury that impairs the 63-year-old Novicki's judgment and reasoning.

But Fasano said Friday that he couldn't overlook Novicki's long pattern of animal abuse and grant Novicki's family's request for no prison time.

A prosecutor described Novicki as "sadistic." Animal control officers have seized hundreds of animals from Novicki's property since 2003, including horses, cattle, mules, chickens and rabbits.
An equine veterinarian told Fasano it was the worst case of neglect she'd ever seen. She said the horses were all diseased and hungry.

Fasano gave Novicki an eight year sentence, suspended after 2½ years.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Premium Choice Now A Brand Name

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.—American Colloid Company is transforming its premium line of pet specialty cat litter, Premium Choice, into a brand name. The new positioning will allow for the introduction of its new flagship cat litter product name, Carefree Kitty. Premium Choice is re-launching with a refreshed logo, new packaging and a new consumer Carefree Kitty website.
A line of new, easy-to-use packaging styles will be introduced into market later this year. "The first thing that came to mind when wanting to make a change to our current cat litter packaging was the reality that our consumers are expressing a need for convenient, easy-to-manage packaging. Given that cat litter in a staple in every cat owner's home and there is a constant need for replenishing, we also want to deliver packaging that is earth-friendly," says Melissa Martínez, pet products marketing manager at American Colloid. In addition, the Premium Choice logo and the new packaging styles will come with a new look that is fun and energetic.

The change rose from a desire to strengthen the brand's direct communication with its loyal consumers and increase it's already well-known marketability. The launch of a new consumer website will be the beginning of a series of outreach initiatives to provide a greater level of service and gratitude to its loyal consumer base. The launch of the new site will align with the in-market launch of the new packaging line.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

AKC Names Top Dog Breeds

For the 20th consecutive year, the Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog breed in America, according to American Kennel Club's recently announced 2010 registration statistics.

German shepherds and Yorkshire terriers rounded off the top three as they did last year, coming in second and third on the top-10 list, respectively.

Although the results may seem somewhat predictable, AKC's listing did reveal some shake-ups in the line-up. The Beagle and the Golden Retriever traded places, with the beagle beating out the retriever for 4th place. And, the Bulldog, which has been steadily rising up in rank in recent years, stole 6th place from the Boxer, which dropped to 7th. This is the Bulldog's highest ranking in quite some time.

"Not since the early 20th century has the Bulldog enjoyed such sustained popularity," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. at number 6."

Moving Up the Ranks

While the stars of the canine world duked it out to fill the top ten slots, 2010's statistics revealed a number of other noteworthy trends, with some breeds racing up the ranking of 167 breeds. Popular breeds with the biggest increase in rankings over the past year include the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon (108th to 93rd), the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog (101st to 88th) and the Smooth Fox Terrier (123rd to 110th).

The French Bulldog holds the distinction of having made the most significant jump up the list in the past decade, soaring 50 places from 71st to 21st. Other breeds with the most notable increases in rankings over the last decade include the Havanese (86th to 31st) and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (54th to 23rd).

In the past decade, smaller dogs have been consistently represented in the top 10 by the Yorkshire terrier, which has moved up from 7th to 3rd. Other small breeds, however, are coming up the ranks recents, with the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel having jumped from 54th to 23rd and the Havanese, from 86th to 31st.

A sharp rise in the popularity of Great Danes, Mastiffs, Newfoundlands and Bermese Mountain dogs in the past 10 years point to a trend toward larger breeds.

Three new breeds entered the registry in 2010, and the AKC reports that the larger the breed, the higher they appeared in the rankings-again, suggesting a larger-breed trend. The Leonberger, the largest of the new breeds, was ranked 33rd; the Cane Corso ranked 51st; and the smallest of three, the Icelandic Sheepdog, ranked 82nd.

The AKC added three new breeds this year that will be counted as part of the 2011 registry statistics--the Norwegian Lundehund, the Xoloitzcuintli and the Entlebucher Mountain Dog. The list now includes 170 breeds.

2010 Most Popular Dogs in the U.S.

Labrador Retriever

German Shepherd Dog

Yorkshire Terrier


Golden Retriever





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